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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jul 13, 2011 1:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1970

Listening back as a fully realized history definitely puts a different spin on it,but there is nothing we can do about that.I'm sure that seeing it live was an exciting and in the moment experience,and I would think the band might have viewed it as a work in progress,but looking back as a body of work we run it through our filters and hear it how we hear it.What you were saying about the band forcing in the themes is how I heard it,when it wasn't organic it seemed forced and unnecessary.I feel that a composition designed to be open ended and exploratory doesn't need anymore touchstones than the theme that already exists in the song and the set vibe around the vocal parts.
I believe the scarcity of the song in that Dec.-Aug span reflected a lack of knowing where to go with it and maybe some boredom setting in,I also felt that the Other One was equally lacking in 70'-71',Keith's arrival breathed new life into both songs.